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The nation’s greenest colleges

How green is your school? Who gets bragging rights? According to rankings published in the Sierra Club’s Sierra Magazine, the greenest schools are Green Mountain (VT), Dickinson (PA). and Evergreen State (WA). Rankings were based on 162 responses to an 11-page questionnaire sent to 900 schools.

 
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Basking in energy-efficient air conditioning

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy gives a $1,500 tax credit for air conditioning systems as well as for heat-effficient windows? DOE does. The homeowner in this article who installed a 16-Seer (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) system should save over $500 per year. Use it soon!

 
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NASA tracks pollution flow from Russian fires

To say that ‘Moscow is experiencing forest fires’ doesn’t really capture the maginitude of the impact. NASA has released an infrared video taken with an instrument on its Echo satellite that shows the amount of carbon monoxide at 18,000 feet. The cloud blankets a wide portion of western Russia.

 
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Recycling land for green energy ideas

Recycling is a green mantra, but is being given a new twist. Rather than build a solar farm on virgin, scenic, or agricultural land, why not site it on polluted land? It’s being done in California’s San Juaquin Valley. Transmission is nearby, there’s little wildlife impact, and few objections.

 
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U.N. chief recommends small steps on climate

Copenhagen was pretty much of a fiasco, so Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the U.N., suggested that at the next conference, in Cancun, Mexico, in December, a better approach might be to try to take small steps in sparate fields that build toward wider consensus. Even that will be difficult.

 
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